Queensland doctors accused of ‘deep disrespect’ for women seeking abortion

Queensland doctors accused of 'deep disrespect' for women seeking abortion
Ahead of legalisation debate, pro-choice GP says regional doctors ‘dictate to women’

Ben Smee
Sun 7 Oct 2018

Doctors in regional Queensland routinely treat women seeking an abortion with “deep disrespect” and dictate scripture instead of dispensing medical advice, pro-choice GPs in the state say.

“Abortion is a mortal sin and you’ll go to hell,” one doctor reportedly told a woman in Cairns, who had asked about terminating her unwanted pregnancy.
Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/08/queensland-doctors-accused-of-deep-disrespect-for-women-seeking-abortion

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Ireland – Funding threat to agencies that withhold abortion advice

Funding threat to agencies that withhold abortion advice

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
September 28 2018

Catholic crisis pregnancy agencies that refuse to give information on abortion are at risk of losing state funding, the health minister has said.

Simon Harris’s statement marks the first time that the government has threatened to withhold HSE funding from agencies that choose to not to provide advice on abortion for moral or religious reasons.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/funding-threat-to-agencies-that-withhold-abortion-advice-fppp5h9qk

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South Africa – The Gospel of Shame: How Christian groups thwart the right to abortion

The Gospel of Shame: How Christian groups thwart the right to abortion

21 Sep 2018
Pontsho Pilane

Are faith-based NGOs breaking the law when they refuse to give women information on where to terminate their pregnancies?

Lerato Molefe stares blankly at the sign erected in the yard in front of her. Her eyes are fixed on the blue silhouette drawing of two women with bulging bellies.

“FREE pregnancy test” ... “Information on OPTIONS”, the sign reads.

Continued: https://bhekisisa.org/article/2018-09-21-00-the-gospel-of-shame-how-christian-groups-thwart-the-right-to-abortion-south-africa

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Netherlands – State-backed abortion advice group is ‘hiding Christian agenda’

State-backed abortion advice group is ‘hiding Christian agenda’

September 12, 2018

A state-subsidised organisation that provides support for women who are considering an abortion is ‘not neutral’ and is ‘hiding its Christian agenda’, according to the Groene Amsterdammer.

Siriz, one of two organisations in the Netherlands which help women who are facing an unwanted pregnancy, is trying to dissuade women from having a termination by emphasizing the ‘regret’ they will feel afterwards, the magazine said.

Continued: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/09/state-backed-abortion-advice-group-is-hiding-christian-agenda/

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How university campuses became ground zero for Canada’s abortion debate

How university campuses became ground zero for Canada's abortion debate

WARNING: This story contains graphic images

Brett Bundale · The Canadian Press
Posted: Sep 09, 2018

University campuses have increasingly become a focal point of Canada's anti-abortion movement, prompting a fresh debate over free speech and questions about what critics call misleading tactics.

"On campuses across the country, we have seen a rise in anti-choice groups," said Trina James of the Canadian Federation of Students.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/abortion-debate-at-canada-s-universities-critics-1.4816333

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Brisbane mother slams Catholic Church for ‘linking abortion with child abuse’

Brisbane mother slams Catholic Church for 'linking abortion with child abuse'

By Alison Brown
1 September 2018

A woman from a north Brisbane Catholic school, who recently underwent an abortion, says the Church "overstepped its bounds" with a “highly misleading” newsletter about the state’s new abortion laws.

She claimed the letter from the Brisbane Archdiocese contained information and content that could “push vulnerable women to end their life”.

Continued: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/brisbane-mother-slams-catholic-church-for-linking-abortion-with-child-abuse-20180831-p5012s.html

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Australia – Archbishop calls for calm over abortion

Archbishop calls for calm over abortion

Jared Owens
August 29, 2018

Brisbane’s Catholic Archbishop has urged his flock to reject ­American-style “ideological warfare” amid an increasingly rancorous debate over Queensland’s push to decriminalise abortion.

Warning against importing the “radical polarisation” seen in the US, Mark Coleridge pledged to campaign “humbly but forcefully” for MPs to reject Labor’s push to legalise abortion on ­request for women up to 22 weeks’ pregnant.

Continued: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/archbishop-calls-for-calm-over-abortion/news-story/a44dda7b024870d0ce83ac0c84f4e67e?nk=d2feef8765d9eded8a6860bac74e0889-1535560244

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Labor calls for activists to be exposed on abortion claims

Labor calls for activists to be exposed on abortion claims

Jared Owens
August 23, 2018

Queensland’s Labor government is urging people to dob in anti-abortion activists who make dubious claims about its plan to legalise terminations on request for women up to 22 weeks’ ­pregnant.

The draft law, introduced into parliament yesterday, would also decriminalise abortion and create safe zones to prevent activists’ canvassing pregnant women within 150m of clinics.

continued: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/labor-calls-for-activists-to-be-exposed-on-abortion-claims/news-story/9902ad056a04f1e9e77a2ba5927cc2a6?nk=d2feef8765d9eded8a6860bac74e0889-1535041177

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Ireland – Leaflets making false link between abortion and cancer on offer at World Meeting of Families

Leaflets making false link between abortion and cancer on offer at World Meeting of Families
The best-available medical evidence consistently refutes the claims made in the leaflet.

Thu Aug 23, 2018

LEAFLETS MAKING FALSE links between abortion and breast cancer are on display in the main exhibition hall of the RDS today, where the three-day pastoral congress of the Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families is taking place.

The leaflets, which falsely claim that a woman who ends her pregnancy by elective abortion is at increased risk of cancer, have been available to attendees at a stall run by the Ask Majella organisation since yesterday morning.

Continued; http://www.thejournal.ie/leaflets-making-false-link-between-abortion-and-cancer-on-offer-at-world-meeting-of-families-4196915-Aug2018/

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USA – Supreme Court Sides With California Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers

Supreme Court Sides With California Anti-Abortion Pregnancy Centers

June 26, 2018
Nina Totenberg and Sarah McCammon

The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed a lower court decision upholding a California law requiring anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to more fully disclose what they are.

The case pitted the right to know against the right of free speech. On one side are self-identified "crisis pregnancy centers" that seek to prevent abortions and on the other side is the state of California, which enacted a 2015 law to ensure that these centers do not intentionally or unintentionally mislead the women who walk through their doors.

Continued: https://www.npr.org/2018/06/26/606427673/supreme-court-sides-with-california-anti-abortion-pregnancy-centers

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